Chicago Literature Index — Screenplays

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 1.  The Right to Love

Story: Susan Glaspell (based on her novel Brook Evans)

Screenplay: Zoe Akins, 1930

Director: Richard Wallace

Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, David Manners

Story: Susan Glaspell, Screenplay: Zoe Akins
Susan Glaspell link
1930 SP
 2.  Call Northside 777

Story (adapted from articles by): James P. McGuire

Screenplay: Jay Dratler and Jerome Cady, 1948

Director: Henry Hathaway

Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb

Story: James P. McGuire, Screenplay: Jay Dratler and Jerome Cady 1948 SP
 3.  Knock on Any Door

Story: (adapted from novel) Willard Motley

Screenplay: John Monks Jr. and Daniel Taradash, 1949

Director: Nicholas Ray

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, John Derek

Story: Willard Motley, Screenplay: John Monks Jr. and Daniel Taradash
Willard Motley link,
Daniel Taradash link
1949 SP
 4.  Carrie

Story (adapted from novel): Theodore Dreiser

Screenplay: Ruth and Augustus Goetz, 1952

Director: Will Wyler

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones

Story: Theodore Dreiser, Screenplay: Ruth and Augustus Goetz
Theodore Dreiser link
1952 SP
 5.  Carmen Jones

Screenplay: Henry Kleiner, 1954

Director: Otto Preminger

Stars: Harry Belafonte, Dorthy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey

Screenplay: Henry Kleiner 1954 SP
 6.  Man With The Golden Arm

Story (adapted from the novel by): Nelson Algren

Screenplay: Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer, and Ben Hecht, 1955

Director: Otto Preminger

Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak

Story: Nelson Algren, Screenplay: Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer, and Ben Hecht
Nelson Algren link,
Ben Hecht link
1955 SP
 7.  Compulsion

Story: Meyer Levin

Screenplay: Richard Murphy, 1959

Director: Richard Fleischer

Stars: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell

Story: Meyer Levin, Screenplay: Richard Murphy
Meyer Levin link
1959 SP
 8.  Studs Lonigan

Story: James T. Farrell

Screenplay: James T. Farrell and Philip Yordan

Director: Irving Lerner,

Stars: Christopher Knight, Frank Gorshin, Jack Nicholson, Venetia Stevenson

Story: James T. Farrell, Screenplay: James T. Farrell and Philip Yordan
James T. Farrell link
1960 SP
 9.  A Raisin In The Sun

Story: Lorraine Hansberry

Screenplay: Lorraine Hansberry

Director: Daniel Petrie,

Stars: Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Roy Sands, Louis Gossett Jr.

Story: Lorraine Hansberry, Screenplay: Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry link
1961 SP
 10.  The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Story: David Maurer

Screenplay: Howard Browne

Director: Roger Corman

Stars: Jason Robards, George Segal

Story: David Maurer, Screenplay: Howard Browne 1967 SP
 11.  The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Story: Sam Greenlee

Screenplay: Sam Greenlee and Melvin Clay

Director: Ivan Dixon

Stars: Lawrence Cook, J.A. Preston, Paula Kelly, Janet League

Story: Sam Greenlee, Screenplay: Sam Greenlee and Melvin Clay
Sam Greenlee link
1973 SP
 12.  The Sting

Screenplay: David S. Ward

Director: George Roy Hill

Stars: Robert Redford, Paul Newman

Screenplay: David S. Ward 1973 SP
 13.  The Front Page

Story: Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur

Screenplay: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, 1974

Director: Billy Wilder

Stars: Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon

Story: Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, Screenplay: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond
Ben Hecht link
1974 SP
 14.  Cooley High

Screenplay: Eric Monte

Director: Michael Schultz

Stars: Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

Screenplay: Eric Monte 1975 SP
 15.  Blues Brothers

Screenplay: John Landis and Dan Aykroyd

Director: John Landis,

Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd

Screenplay: John Landis and Dan Aykroyd 1980 SP
 16.  My Bodyguard

Screenplay: Alan Ormsby

Director: Tony Bill

Stars: Adam Baldwin, Chris Makepeace, Matt Dillon, Joan Cusack, Ruth Gordon

Screenplay: Alan Ormsby 1980 SP
 17.  The Hunter

Story: Christopher Keane

Screenplay: Peter Hyams, William Link, John Rester Zodrow

Director: Buzz Kulik

Star: Steve McQueen

Story: Christopher Keane, Screenplay: Peter Hyams, William Link, John Rester Zodrow 1980 SP
 18.  Thief

Screenplay: Michael Mann

Director: Michael Mann

Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Willie Nelson

Screenplay: Michael Mann 1981 SP
 19.  About Last Night

Story: David Mamet

Screenplay: Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue

Director: Edward Zwick

Stars: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi

Story: David Mamet, Screenplay: Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue,
David Mamet link
1986 SP
 20.  Native Son

Story: Richard Wright

Screenplay: Richard Wesley

Director: Jerrold Freedman,

Stars: Matt Dillon, Oprah Winfrey, Victor Love, Elizabeth McGovern

Richard Wright, Screenplay: Richard Wesley
Richard Wright link
1986 SP
 21.  Running Scared

Screenplay: Jimmy Huston and Gary DeVore

Director: Peter Hyams

Stars: Billy Crystal, Gregory Hines

Screenplay: Jimmy Huston and Gary DeVore 1986 SP
 22.  The Untouchables

Story: Eliot Ness, Oscar Fraley

Screenplay: David Mamet

Director: Brian De Palma,

Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia

Story: Eliot Ness, Oscar Fraley, Screenplay: David Mamet
David Mamet link
1987 SP
 23.  Eight Men Out

Story: Eliot Asinof

Screenplay: John Sayles

Director: John Sayles

Stars: John Cusack, John Mahoney, Charlie Sheen

Story: Eliot Asinof, Screenplay: John Sayles 1988 SP
 24.  The Fugitive

Story: David Twohy

Screenplay: David Twohy and Jeb Stuart

Director: Andrew Davis

Stars: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward

Story: David Twohy, Screenplay: David Twohy and Jeb Stuart 1993 SP
 25.  There Are No Children Here

Story: Alex Kotlowitz

Screenplay: Alex Kotlowitz and Bobby Smith Jr.

Director: Anita W. Addison

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Michael Jordan

Story: Alex Kotlowitz, Screenplay: Alex Kotlowitz and Bobby Smith Jr.
Alex Kotlowitz link
1993 SP
 26.  Hoops Dreams

Screenplay: Steve James and Frederick Marx

Director: Steve James

Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee

Screenplay: Steve James and Frederick Marx 1994 SP
 27.  Chicago Cab

Story: Will Kern

Screenplay: Will Kern

Directors: John Tintori and Mary Cybulski

Star: Paul Dillon

Story: Will Kern, Screenplay: Will Kern 1997 SP
 28.  High Fidelity

Story: Nick Hornby

Screenplay: John Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Scott Rosenberg

Director: Stephen Frears

Stars: John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tim Robbins

Story: Nick Hornby, Screenplay: John Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Scott Rosenberg 2000 SP
 29.  Return to Me

Story: Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Andrew Stern, and Samantha Goodman

Screenplay: Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake

Director: Bonnie Hunt,

Stars: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Jim Belushi, Bonnie Hunt

Story: Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Andrew Stern, and Samantha Goodman, Screenplay: Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake 2000 SP
 30.  Barbershop

Story: Mark Brown

Screenplay: Mark Brown, Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd

Director: Tim Story

Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer

Story: Mark Brown, Screenplay: Mark Brown, Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd 2002 SP
 31.  The Weather Man

Screenplay: Steve Conrad

Director: Gore Verbinski

Stars: Nicholas Cage, Hope Davis, Michael Caine

Screenplay: Steve Conrad 2005 SP
 32.  Stranger Than Fiction

Screenplay: Zach Helm

Director: Marc Forster

Stars: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson

Screenplay: Zach Helm 2006 SP
 33.  The Interrupters

Screenplay: Alex Kotlowitz

Director: Steve James,

Stars: Ameena Matthews, Tio Hardiman, Gary Slutkin, Ricardo Williams

Screenplay: Alex Kotlowitz
Alex Kotlowitz link
2011 SP
 34.  Drinking Buddies

Screenplay: Joe Swanberg, 2013

Director: Joe Swanberg

Stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

Screenplay: Joe Swanberg 2013 SP
 35.  Imperfections

Screenplay: David and Jonathan Singer

Director: David Singer

Stars: Virginia Kull, Ed Begley, Jr., Marilu Henner

Screenplay: David and Jonathan Singer 2017 SP